White Knights at the Museum kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, on Saturday, October 1st. Founded in 1977, DVS, which serves all victims of domestic violence in Santa Barbara County regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or income, hosted its very first community engagement and educational event at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Innovation + Exploration with over 250 guests in attendance.
The evening was kicked off with a rooftop performance by singer Dylan Dunlap, seen on the hit NBC show The Voice. Next, was entertainment filled with food and drink by local vendors, local dance groups, and acapella gospel singers to celebrate and highlight DVS’s role as a leader in domestic violence issues through interactive exhibits. The live exhibits on this floor showcased five areas of programming: crisis and information lines answering more than 6,000 calls in the past year; Domestic Violence Emergency Response Team (DVERT) that responded to more than 400 direct emergency situation calls this year; Emergency Shelters in Santa Barbara, Lompoc and Santa Maria that provided more than 12,000 safe nights of housing in the past year; counseling services for emergency shelter victims and transitional housing services; and teen outreach, including preventive education. Finally, the crowd was invited to spend the rest of the event on the roof for dancing to a DJ, desserts and raffling prizes.
Please find photos from the evening, the event program and some signage from the event attached. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or more information – we have more photos coming soon so If you need something else please just let me know!